Historic Gun Control Initiative Makes Ballot in California - Women's Holsters

Historic Gun Control Initiative Makes Ballot in California

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SACRAMENTO, CA (via kcra.com) April 28, 2016 – Gun control proponents intend to turn in more than a half-million signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot to tighten California’s already tough gun laws, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a sponsor of the measure, said Thursday.

The proposal would make California the first state to require background checks at the point of sale for ammunition, although other states require buyers to obtain licenses and go through background checks ahead of time.

“What makes guns dangerous is ammunition. Yet we don’t do background checks on ammo,” Newsom said.

Guns can pass from hand to hand, legally or illegally, but he said the background checks would stop sales of ammunition to criminals and others who are prohibited from owning firearms.

It’s one of several provisions Newsom hopes would set a national example if voters agree.

The initiative would also streamline California’s unique program allowing authorities to seize firearms from owners who bought the weapons legally and were later convicted of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, determined to be mentally unstable, or were the subject of a restraining order involving domestic violence.

The ballot measure would also require owners to turn in large-capacity ammunition magazines. California already bans the sale of assault-style magazines holding more than 10 bullets but regulations allow those who have that ammunition to keep it.

It would also require owners to report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement, among other provisions.

Opponents said those restrictions would do little to stop killings and would instead make criminals of many law-abiding gun owners.

Chuck Michel, co-chairman of the Coalition for Civil Liberties, which opposes the measure, said in a statement that it wouldn’t stop such conspiracies.

“Politicians like Newsom need to concentrate on stopping criminals and terrorists, not law-abiding citizens exercising their rights,” he said.

However, a Field Poll in January found the measure is likely to have broad support among voters. The survey was taken a month after the terror attack in San Bernardino killed 14 people and Newsom has also highlighted that shooting as indicative of the need for his proposal restricting access to weapons.

Newsom, a Democrat who plans to run for governor in 2018, has made gun control and legalizing recreational marijuana centerpieces of his early campaign. He introduced the gun proposal in October in response to a series of mass shootings and three killings in the San Francisco Bay Area that police said involved stolen guns.

Supporters expect to turn in about 600,000 signatures to elections officials, far more than the nearly 366,000 valid signatures of registered voters required to make the ballot.

 

What do you think of this historic initiative? Comment below.


9 Responses

Jesse T Knipp
Jesse T Knipp

May 02, 2016

It’s simple….. Gun control of ANY KIND is illegal PERIOD!!! ….. For reference material on this matter please see the constitution of this republic!!!!!…. Thank you!

Rick
Rick

May 02, 2016

Odd is it not? new york city and waqshington DC with the most gun control have the highest gun killing. YOU ONLY NEED ONE LAW! YOU KILL SOMEONE YOU BEST HAVE A REASON!

Jason
Jason

May 01, 2016

How is the background check going to stop people from just reloading their brass?

If all ammo needs background checks because ammo makes the gun the threat, does that mean no more background checks for the harmless guns?

Kenneth
Kenneth

May 01, 2016

What an imbecile. Typical government tyranny right here, the people of California deserve everything they get for not voting these morons out of office.

Yardpilot
Yardpilot

May 01, 2016

Newsom should read the Constitution some time. This is patently unconstitutional. The SCOTUS ruled on this a couple of centuries ago in a First Amendment case involving printing presses and ink. Newsme is wasting the time and money of the people. violating their rights and violating his fiduciary duty regrding funds of the people.

buddy
buddy

May 01, 2016

ammo is readily available on line as well as any gun show background checks to buy ammo is just stupid and a complete waist of time,do you think the gangbangers are buying their ammo legally , how much is smuggled across from mexico every day that border patrol doesn’t catch

Andrew
Andrew

May 01, 2016

I have had a box of 30.06 ammo for almost 20 years and they haven’t killed anyone so far. Hey Newsome, it is far better to have everyone believe you’re an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt! People kill people. I have lived in places where guns are illegal and they still have murder. Please go away and let us, the citizens, get about the business of bringing common sense back to our state!

Michael
Michael

May 01, 2016

i really want someone there to proof this article one more time, and steve is right, only in the mentally retarded state of california

steve
steve

May 01, 2016

this could happen only in the communist state of callifornia !!

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